Friday 17 March 2023

17th March 2023 Unst WNW3 Occasional showers

Yesterday's combination of rain and southeasterlies had clearly grounded some migrants. There was a Robin in our garden being the first we've seen on the island since the 4th January. A walk around Norwick produced the 2cy Whooper Swan still going strong, a Woodcock, a first-cycle Glaucous Gull, my first Song Thrush of the year, another 3 Robins and my first Chiffchaff of the year. A look at NorthDale added my first Mistle Thrush of the year, 3 Fieldfares and 2 Redwings. During the afternoon we took a drive down south seeing our first Lesser Black-backed Gull of the year at Uyeasound and our first Stonechat of the year at Westing.

Robin at Norwick
a relief to see the snow receding at last!

2cy Whooper Swan at Norwick
good to see that it had survived the recent weather!

Common Chiffchaff at Norwick
the earliest that I've seen in a year on Unst by a couple of days

Song Thrush at Norwick

Mistle Thrush at NorthDale
the earliest that I've seen in a year on Unst by a day

Stonechat at Westing

Merlin at Westing